When we let data drive how we allocate resources, community colleges are serving students in the best possible way. — Theresa Milan, Los Rios CC District
Ten years ago, EMSI (then CCbenefits) started conducting economic impact studies to show community colleges the impact they have on the economy and workforce. This work required us to use data on the local labor market combined with education data, and we found this information to be really useful for program planning. So we built simple web-based tools to bring the information together and make it easier to use.
Now we supply these tools to community colleges all over the country so they can better understand the local employment picture and how it relates to their programs. In addition, we have developed a new tool that connects college programs to jobs so students can understand how their education relates to careers.
Economic Impact Study
Since 2000, EMSI's Economic Impact Study (EIS) has helped more than 50% of the nation's community colleges garner expanded state and local support, develop new capital projects, and increase grant funding. The EIS study does this by estimating the impact of community colleges and universities in terms of job and income formation, higher earnings captured by students, returns to taxpayers, and a broad collection of social benefits and avoided costs.
In this day and age, local employment dynamics are always shifting. So how do you and your college keep up? How do you make sure each program you are offering is responsive to these changes? To help, Analyst lets you tap into up-to-date labor market information so you can quickly and simply answer important economic questions relative to your college's offerings.
With the right programs in place, the next step is helping jobseekers find meaningful employment. EMSI provides a career services tool for students and faculty that directly links your programs to careers in your community. Career Coach is a very simple, easy-to-understand application that your college can place on its website to engage students and keep them on a good career track.
- "I can't imagine writing grants for a community college without EMSI."— Leslie VanHoy, Spartanburg Community College
- "EMSI projections are being used with confidence in planning, scheduling, staffing, fundraising, and budgeting here at CCD."— Ray Taylor, Community College of Denver
- "Strong statistics have the power to open up a dialogue when other means fall flat, and EMSI enables me to provide a convincing data-driven platform for engaging stakeholders."— Tim Clow, Contra Costa Community College District